CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A U.S. district judge handed down sentences Tuesday to a couple who previously admitted to a scheme involving stealing medication from packages sent by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Amber Fox, 28, of Lesage was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in connection with the conviction of mail theft. David Grove Jr., 39, of Chillicothe, Ohio, was sentenced to two years in prison after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute pain pills. Both will also have to pay $453.80.

Fox worked at the Charleston mail processing and distribution center, where she stole pain pills by identifying packages containing oxycodone and hydrocodone. The packages were intended for veterans.

She admitted to stealing a package containing 112 hydrocodone pills from a package in March 2015. She then took the pills to a home she shared with Grove in East Bank. Fox also said she stole between 45 and 50 packages with oxycodone and hydrocodone pills between August 2014 and April 2015, when authorities executed a search warrant at the couple’s residence.

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